REVIEW: Dumb and Dumber To

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By Dustin Heller

(Nov. 14, 2014) – After a 20-year hiatus, Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas are back in “Dumb and Dumber To,” the sequel to the 1994 hit “Dumb and Dumber.” Written and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the movie brings back its two main stars in Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.

The Farrelly Brothers have brought us some of the best comedies over the last 20 years with the likes of “There’s Something About Mary,” “Kingpin,” “Shallow Hal,” “Me, Myself & Irene,” “Stuck on You” and both “Dumb and Dumber” movies. Alongside Carry and Daniels, the movie stars Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Rachel Melvin, Rob Riggle and a few surprises. The wait is finally over this Friday, November 14.

The movie picks up 20 years after we last saw Lloyd (Carrey) and Harry (Daniels); Lloyd is being released from a mental hospital and Harry is in need of new kidney. Harry turns to his parents for a kidney, but learns that he’s adopted. At the same time, he also finds out that he has a daughter.

Now, he and Lloyd decide to hit the road in search of his daughter Penny and her kidneys. Little does Harry know that Lloyd has fallen in love with Penny upon seeing her picture and has ulterior motives for the trip. First, they must track down Penny’s mother where they find out that she was put up for adoption as an infant. She was adopted by Dr. Pichlow, a world renowned scientist, and his late wife.

Pichlow has fallen ill and is being cared for by his new wife and the handyman that works at their estate. After meeting with Pichlow, Lloyd and Harry discover that Penny is on her way to give a speech at a science convention and they must deliver an important package to her for the betterment of all mankind. The handyman decides to tag along on the trip, but there is more to him than meets the eye. Back on the road for another adventure, there is no telling what kind of trouble these three will encounter.

I guess you could say that I’ve been waiting 20 years for this movie to be made, because the original is one of my favorite comedies of all time. To be honest, I didn’t think it would ever get made and once it was announced I became very skeptical. Most of the comedies I see nowadays aren’t the least bit funny and rely on cursing and toilet humor for their laughs. I was really hoping that “Dumb and Dumber To” wouldn’t fall into this trap, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think it was going to.

With that said, I had such a great time watching this movie, it met and exceeded all of my preconceived expectations. It felt like I was transported back to another time when I actually thought comedies were funny. It was such a joy to see Harry and Lloyd back on the big screen and they didn’t miss a beat from the opening scene to the end credits.

Granted, there is some sexual innuendo and potty humor, but no more than the original and I actually found it somewhat funny. I really feel that these were the roles that Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels were born to play, and they both play their parts to absolute perfection. Even though it took the Farrelly Brothers 20 years to bring back Harry and Lloyd, I can definitely say that it was worth the wait. Fans of the original will love it, haters of the original will probably hate it and the rest are in for a fun night at the movies.

Grade: B+

“Dumb and Dumber To” opens in theaters on Friday, November 14.

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